possible to predict how much ability you will regain. The
more ability you retain immediately after a stroke, the more independent you
are likely to be when you are discharged from the hospital.
- Walking: People usually show the greatest progress in
being able to walk during the first 6 weeks. Most recovery occurs within the
first 3 months. But you may continue to improve slowly over the next few
- Speech, balance, daily skills: Speech, balance, and skills needed for day-to-day living
return more slowly and may continue to improve for up to a
- Communication, judgment: About half of the people who suffer a stroke have problems
with communication, judgment, or behavior that affects their work
and personal relationships.
If your doctor wants to find out how the stroke has affected your ability to reason, concentrate, or remember, you may have neuropsychological tests.
rehab will be based on the physical abilities that were lost, your
general health before the stroke, and your ability to participate.
Rehab begins with helping you resume activities of daily living, such
as eating, bathing, and dressing. For more information, see the topic
If you are someone whose loved one has had a stroke, you can play an important role in that person's recovery by providing support and encouragement.
If you get
worse, your loved ones may need to move you to a care facility
that can meet your needs, especially if your caregiver has his or her own
health problems that make it difficult to properly care for you.
It is common
for caregivers to neglect their own health when they are caring for a loved one
who has had a stroke. If your caregiver's health declines, the risk of injury
to you and your caregiver may increase.
- Stroke: Should I Move My Loved One Into Long-Term Care?